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Old 06-29-2020, 07:54 PM   #1
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Sales tax for out of state purchase

So I recently purchased a 29m in Alabama. The dealer charged me almost 4% in sales tax. I questioned this as I live in North Carolina and he assured me that NC would recognize the payment and I wouldn't have to pay it again. Well the NC dmv did not agree and they charged me 3% when I registered the rv. So now I am out 7% and both parties are pointing fingers. Has anyone had to deal with this before? I shouldn't have to pay taxes twice.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:58 PM   #2
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So I recently purchased a 29m in Alabama. The dealer charged me almost 4% in sales tax. I questioned this as I live in North Carolina and he assured me that NC would recognize the payment and I wouldn't have to pay it again. Well the NC dmv did not agree and they charged me 3% when I registered the rv. So now I am out 7% and both parties are pointing fingers. Has anyone had to deal with this before? I shouldn't have to pay taxes twice.
Sounds like you need to visit the comptroller to get a refund.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:22 PM   #3
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What do the two States' Laws say about collecting sales tax?

If Florida you are charged sales tax on large purchases (like cars) based on the tax rate of your residence. That may be the same in NC.

But some states mandate the collection of sales tax based on the place of purchase; maybe Alabama is that way.

And then their is the point of credit for sales tax paid to another state at time of purchase when you go to register. What does NC say about that?


Do some research, get your ducks in a row and see if you have a case to complain about.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:38 PM   #4
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Did you get a temporary or permanent license plate in Alabama? If so the vehicle was registered there and sales tax charged.

NC did not charge you a sales tax. They charge a Highway use Tax of 3 percent.

You may have gotten bit by buying outside your home sate.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:50 PM   #5
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I agree: you've got to know all of the rules...
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:59 PM   #6
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I agree: you've got to know all of the rules...
To be honest, I thought I did. It was my understanding that you paid sales tax when you register the vehicle. According to the nc dmv, this is true. According to them I should not have paid taxes in al but the dealer is telling me that the dmv is wrong and that they, the dmv, should have credited my account for the taxes already paid.
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Old 06-30-2020, 07:44 AM   #7
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I live in Missouri and just purchased a motor home in Florida. Florida charged us a little over 4% in sales tax, when we registered the RV at home we got credit for what we paid in Florida for state sales tax and just had to pay local/city sales tax. Since Florida sales tax is more than Missouri sales tax the overage was credited towards our local tax and was only out of pocket another $100.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:54 AM   #8
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Expand the section titled Vehicles Purchased Outside of North Carolina by clicking on the plus sign. If vehicle is registered within 90 days you get credit for taxes paid in another state.

https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/title-regi...s/default.aspx
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Old 06-30-2020, 11:54 AM   #9
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I live in Missouri and just purchased a motor home in Florida. Florida charged us a little over 4% in sales tax, when we registered the RV at home we got credit for what we paid in Florida for state sales tax and just had to pay local/city sales tax. Since Florida sales tax is more than Missouri sales tax the overage was credited towards our local tax and was only out of pocket another $100.
4%? Florida State Sales Tax is 6% on the difference between the selling price and the trade-in price. Did you have a trade?
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Old 06-30-2020, 02:06 PM   #10
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A few years ago i purchased a vehicle in Illinois. I found out that Ilinois and Florida had a reciprocity agreement. As a result, Illinois collected the Florida Sales Tax and gave me a form (receipt) to present to Florida DMV so I didn't have to pay any sales tax when I went to get my tags in Florida.
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Old 06-30-2020, 02:39 PM   #11
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are you sure that NC tax rate is not 7%, so they charged you the 'difference' between what the dealer collected, and what they charge?

when we purchased our Palazzo in Texas, they collected the 6.75% TAVT fee(similar to sales tax, but Georgia changed from direct 'sales' taxes on vehicles to a new TAVT 'fee' that year, back in 2014), submitted it to GA, and GA had it already applied to our registration when we returned and asked for our 'TAG'... the Texas dealer had given us a 60day 'temp' tag until we returned.
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4%? Florida State Sales Tax is 6% on the difference between the selling price and the trade-in price. Did you have a trade?
Yes.
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